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Closing Strait of Hormuz not so easy for Iran: analysts

Reuters -
By Tabassum Zakaria | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's navy chief boasts that closing the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic would be "easier than drinking a glass of water.
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Curbing Attacks Hard for Gingrich

Wall Street Journal -
By DOUGLAS BELKIN This was the week Newt Gingrich wanted to highlight his economic plan, portray himself as the true supply-sider in the Republican presidential primary, and take the high road when it came to the wave of attack ads that have damaged ...

Burma blast kills at least 15 in Rangoon

BBC News -
At least 15 people have been killed and dozens injured by a large explosion in the Burmese city of Rangoon. The blast happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in a compound of warehouses in the east of the former capital.

North Korea to end mourning period for Kim Jong-il

BBC News -
The official mourning period for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is due to end after an elaborate funeral was staged in the capital, Pyongyang.

Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone

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Wired News -
By Christina Bonnington At Microsoft's Build conference, Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, displays a prototype Windows 8 tablet.

People: Ashton Kutcher dating Demi Moore clone

San Jose Mercury News -
By Ann Tatko-Peterson The "Two and a Half Men" star, 33, spent the holidays in Italy with writer-director Lorene Scafaria, who bears a striking resemblance to Kutcher's soon-to-be-ex Moore.

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Arab observers fan out across Syria

Reuters -
By Mariam Karouny and Erika Solomon (Reuters) - Arab monitors head to three more Syrian cities on Thursday to check if government forces are complying with a peace plan after a delegation to Homs, center of the uprising against President Bashar ...

Putin claims to be open to dialogue with opposition

Irish Times -
PRIME MINISTER Vladimir Putin has said he is open to “dialogue” with Russia's growing opposition movement, even while claiming not to know who its leaders are or what they stand for.

Suspect in Indiana girl's killing dodged warrant for decade

Reuters -
(Reuters) - The baby-sitter facing murder charges in the grisly killing of an Indiana girl evaded a warrant for his arrest on probation violation charges for more than 11 years, officials said on Wednesday.

Smoke Cited in 4 Fire Deaths

Wall Street Journal -
By PERVAIZ SHALLWANI Smoke inhalation killed the three young daughters and the mother of a New York advertising executive in a Christmas morning house fire in Stamford, the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Wednesday.

Obama slipping among Latinos, but still tops Romney

Salt Lake Tribune -
By david montero Latinos disapprove by a 2-to-1 ratio of how the Obama administration is handling record numbers of deportations, but that doesn't appear to be damaging the president's chances at capturing their votes in the 2012 election.

173 law enforcement officers killed on duty in 2011

By Carol Cratty, CNN Miami-Dade police officers Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo were killed in January when serving an arrest warrant.

US stocks falter, drag S&P 500 index into the red for 2011

Los Angeles Times -
The S&P 500 index is 0.6% below its 2011 start. The Dow falls 139 points but is still up 5% for the year. Gold tumbles. By Nathanael Popper and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times The Standard & Poor's 500 index is once again in the red for 2011.

Italy to Test Markets Again in 8.5 Billion-Euro Bond Auction

BusinessWeek -
By Chiara Vasarri Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Italy will sell as much as 8.5 billion euros ($11 billion) in bonds today, one day after borrowing costs plunged at an auction of shorter-maturity debt.

Data analytics firm Mu Sigma raises $108 million

Chicago Tribune -
Mu Sigma, a Northbrook-based firm that helps companies analyze massive amounts of data, said Wednesday it raised $108 million in fresh capital.

Allen Stanford's Bid to Delay January Trial for Investment Fraud Is Denied

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image Allen Stanford Allen Stanford Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg Indicted financier R. Allen Stanford, center in green, accused of leading a $7 billion investment fraud scheme, exits after a hearing at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston ...

On Eve of Net Boycott, Dump GoDaddy Exodus Begins

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By Perry Chiaramonte, one of the largest domain registrars on the Internet, stands to potentially lose thousands of customers on Thursday, Dec. 29, after the company gave and then repealed its support for a controversial bill before ...

US-CERT Warns Of Security Flaw In Wireless Routers

By Antone Gonsalves, CRN A vulnerability in millions of wireless home routers in use today makes it possible for hackers to crack a network's password, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has warned.

U2, Taylor Swift have highest-grossing concert tours of 2011

Los Angeles Times (blog) -
U2 has highest-grossing concert tour of 2011. In North America, Taylor Swift is second, followed by Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi.

People update: Katy Perry, Russell Brand have 'massive fight'

San Jose Mercury News -
By Ann Tatko-Peterson FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2010 file photo, Katy Perry and Russell Brand arrive at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly, Hills, Calif.

'Tarzan' chimp Cheetah dies -- or did he?

By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY ORIGINAL POST: Cheetah, the chimpanzee who graced the silver screen in the 1930s as Tarzan's furry companion, has died at age 80.

Academy Reveals Poster For 84th Oscars Ceremony

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Caption The poster for the 84th Academy AwardsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the poster for the 84th Academy Awards on Wednesday morning - a poster which pays homage to several great Best Picture winners ...

"Hunger Games" trumps "Twilight" in 2012 buzz: poll

Reuters -
| LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Is "The Twilight Saga" beginning to lose its grip on movie fans? The latest installment of the vampire romance finished second to "Harry Potter" in a best of the year poll for MTV's Nextmovie.

Pac-12 and Big Ten announce plan to expand without adding teams with new ...

Washington Post -
NEW YORK - Realizing bigger isn't necessarily better, the Big Ten and Pac-12 were looking for ways to get the benefits of conference expansion without adding members.

Yankees say Alex Rodriguez is fine after treatment in Germany on right knee ...

Washington Post -
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees say star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is totally fine after having special treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany earlier this month.

2012 SEC slate revealed, questions remain -
The 2012 SEC schedule was released Wednesday afternoon, revealing Arkansas will substitute Texas A&M for Tennessee next season in the new 14-team league.

A's trade closer Andrew Bailey to Red Sox in 5-player deal

By Peter Barzilai, USA TODAY The Boston Red Sox took a major step toward revamping their pitching staff, acquiring closer Andrew Bailey in a five-player trade with the Oakland A's on Wednesday.

Gordon out for Hornets, Pierce for Celtics -
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon has been scratched from New Orleans' home opener against the Boston Celtics because of right knee soreness.

Proposed New Calendar Would Make Time Rational

Wired News -
By Brandon Keim Time is eternal, but methods of tracking it are not - and so a Johns Hopkins University astronomer wants to replace the Gregorian calendar, with its leap years and floating dates and 15th-century effluvia, with a sleek and standardized ...

Star Wars! Solar Bursts Supercharge Earth's Atmosphere

Boise Weekly -
Sporadic radio blackouts are expected to occur in the wake of a massive eruption of solar plasma, technically known as a coronal mass ejection.

NASA's twin moon probes to land this weekend -
The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or Grail, mission will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

Venezuela offers free removal of faulty breast implants

BBC News -
Venezuela's government has offered to pay for the removal of breast implants feared to be at risk of rupture. The authorities would cover the cost of the surgery for Venezuelan women but would not pay for replacement implants, Health Minister Eugenia ...

Should porn stars be required to wear condoms? Voters may decide

Los Angeles Times -
A proposed ballot measure that would require porn actors to wear condoms while filming in the city of Los Angeles has qualified for the June ballot, according to a letter from the city clerk certifying that proponents had gathered enough valid ...


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